Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Star Trek Into Darkness is Certified Fresh

Plus, Frances Ha is energetic and funny.

by | May 16, 2013 | Comments

This week at movies, we’ve got just one wide release: J.J. AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness, starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Captain Kirk and Mister Spock, respectively. What do the critics have to say?



Star Trek Into Darkness

86%

As the 2009 Star Trek reboot demonstrated, this is not your father’s Enterprise — director J.J. Abrams has largely ditched the allegorical deepthink of the TV series for more visceral sci-fi thrills. And critics say that strategy pays off again with Star Trek Into Darkness, a sequel that delivers in excitement and spectacle what it lacks in depth. This time out, it’s up to the crew of the Enterprise to hunt down a mysterious adversary who has perpetrated an act of intergalactic terrorism — and who has ambitions to destroy the Starfleet. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Star Trek Into Darkness isn’t quite as thrilling as its predecessor, but it’s still an action-packed popcorn flick with witty dialogue and enough references to Trek lore to (mostly) placate diehards. (Check out this week’s Total Recall for a rundown of all the Star Trek movies, as well as a gallery of the stars of Into Darkness.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • The Fruit Hunters, a documentary about people who travel the globe in search of rare and delicious fruits, is at 100 percent.
  • Noah Baumbach‘s Frances Ha, starring Greta Gerwig in a dramedy about an aspiring dancer in the midst of various personal tribulations, is at 90 percent.
  • Augustine, a period drama about a kitchen maid suffering from seizures who attracts the interest of an influential neurologist, is at 86 percent.
  • Becoming Traviata, a doc about an adventurous staging of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, is at 75 percent.
  • The South Korean import Pieta, a drama about a loan shark who’s visited by a mysterious woman claiming to be his mother, is at 71 percent.
  • Black Rock, starring Kate Bosworth and Lake Bell in a thriller about a trio of friends on a camping trip who are pursued by vicious killers, is at 38 percent (check out our interview with the cast here).
  • The English Teacher, starring Julianne Moore and Greg Kinnear in a drama about a reserved teacher who helps a gifted student to become a playwright, is at 30 percent.
  • 33 Postcards, starring Guy Pearce in a drama about a Chinese orphan who develops a friendship with her Australian sponsor and is pulled into his criminal schemes, is at 25 percent.
  • Erased, starring Aaron Eckhart and Olga Kurylenko in a thriller about an ex-CIA agent caught up in an international conspiracy, is at 21 percent.

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